Vanilla Thumbprints

"I made these for my cookie trays this Christmas. Everyone loved them."
photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Boomette photo by Boomette
photo by MsPia photo by MsPia
photo by MsPia photo by MsPia
Ready In:
3 1/2 dozen




  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine butter and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Cream using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour and mix just until incorporated (dough will be soft).
  • Roll 2 teaspoons of dough between your hands into a 1-inch ball.
  • Repeat, spacing 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • With a floured thumb (or dip thumb in water), make an indentation in the center of each ball of dough.
  • Fill each indentation with 1/2 teaspoon raspberry or apricot jam.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F about 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown around bottoms.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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  1. Daymented
    These taste like nothing with some vanilla added. I used salted butter but it still needs salt and... some flavor. Sorry, I don't leave bad reviews, but this really frustrated me because I spent so long just trying to find a good thumbprint recipe and made a double batch, and after the first tray I am throwing out the rest of the dough.
  2. Dreamer in Ontario
    What a wonderful, rich little cookie. I used seedless raspberry jam for most of the cookies and a strawberry, raspberry, blueberry blend for the last few. Both varieties were delicious. Made for Photo Tag's Holiday Cookie Exchange Party.
  3. Boomette
    These cookies are very easy to do. And they taste great. I used blueberry jam, raspberry jam, and cherry jam. Thanks Lainey. Made for Gimme 5 tag game
  4. MsPia
    Delicious and super easy to make. I made them with orange marmalade.
  5. Kittencalrecipezazz
    these are little morsels of rich buttery goodness, I had to use strawberry jam as that is all I had, still so delicious, a keeper for sure thanks Lainey!


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